Palmitic Acid and Health: Introduction

Carlo Agostoni*, Luis Moreno, Raanan Shamir

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ABSTRACT: Interest in the dietary role and metabolic effect of saturated fatty acids has been recently renewed on the basis of epidemiologic observations and economical approach to health and well-being. Saturated fats may favorably increase blood HDL-Cholesterol levels without significant changes of the total cholesterol/HDL-Cholesterol ratio. Also, the negative effect of saturated fat on cardiovascular diseases risk has recently been challenged. Palmitic acid, among all, may have special structural and functional roles in utero and in infancy, and indeed is it is being delivered in a unique form in human milk. Future research should include objective cost-benefit analyses when disentangling the role of saturated fats in dietary recommendations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1941-1942
Number of pages2
JournalCritical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
Issue number12
StatePublished - 9 Sep 2016


  • Palmitic acid
  • blood cholesterol
  • cost-benefit analyses
  • infancy


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